Fishing Prospects

Fishing success varies with the experience of the angler, gear, method, weather, and a hundred other variables. We hope the information found here will help anglers make informed decisions and improve success rates.

Our biologists sample fish populations, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 Missouri bodies of water every year.

If a particular body of water is not mentioned, do not assume it detracts from that body. There are far too many bodies of water in Missouri for our biologists to survey each of them. Ultimately the test of any lake or stream is to fish it.

Based on Annual Surveys

Narrow Your Choices

Fish Info

Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Gasconade River (upper)

Best Bets

Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Flathead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Longear Sunfish
Suckers
Gasconade River (upper)

Region

Ozark

Information

417-256-7161
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.
 
General Watkins Conservation Area

Region

Southeast

Information

573.290.5730
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/4/18 Prospect Report: Grand River

Best Bets

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Grand River

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/17 Prospect Report: Grindstone Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Grindstone Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/25/17 Prospect Report: Hamilton City Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
White Crappie
Hamilton City Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/10/18 Prospect Report: Happy Holler Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Happy Holler Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/16 Prospect Report: Harmony Mission Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Harmony Mission Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/14/18 Prospect Report: Harrison County Reservoir

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
White Crappie
Harrison County Reservoir

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/23/13 Prospect Report: Hartell Conservation Area

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
White Crappie
Hartell Conservation Area

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/27/18 Prospect Report: Hazel Creek Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Muskellunge
Hazel Creek Lake

Region

Northeast

Information

660-785-2420

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So you've acquired some fishing gear, learned how to cast and studied your quarry. Now it's time to arm your fishing pole for action.